Hamady Ndiaye has been on a worldwide quest to become a better basketball player. Since being waived by the Kings before the 2012-13 regular season Ndiaye has played in China and Africa. That's led him back to Sacramento where he hopes to do enough to earn a spot on the Kings' roster after receiving a training camp invitation from the team's new coaching staff. The Kings have 14 guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season one below the league maximum. But with Carl Landry out three to four months after surgery to repair a torn left hip flexor the team has 13 players that figure to be ready for opening night on Oct. 30. "I'm not sure what (general manager) Pete D'Alessandro's plan for that last spot is right now but I think 'H' as we call him has done a lot to showcase his abilities as to why he should be on this team" said Kings coach Michael Malone. Ndiaye (7 feet 235 pounds) was a second-round draft pick (56th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010 out of Rutgers. His rights were traded to the Washington Wizards not long after and he appeared in 19 games in two seasons with the Wizards. After not making the Kings' roster last season Ndiaye played for the Tianjin RongGang of the Chinese Basketball Association. He led the team with 3.9 blocks per game. From there Ndiaye played for Senegal in the African Cup winning bronze and a spot in the World Cup next year.
Ndiaye hopes he's suited for a big role
Sacramento Bee | Oct 17